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This is a book meant to make a difference; proceeds from every sale of Acknowledge: An Anthology of Selected Poems from The Contributor will be donated to the street paper The Contributor. Acknowledge gives voice to our homeless neighbors. Voices that will fill you with warmth, sadness, courage, and much, much joy. For instance, how could a raccoon become so important? Ever know a dog named Sneakers? What exactly is a "Cadillac turn"? Heard of a Sunflower Hubcap?
"ACKNOWLEDGE: An Anthology of Selected Poems from The Contributor collects poems from the seven years that The Contributors’ poetry section has been published. The writers are the homeless and formerly homeless vendors of the street paper located in Nashville, TN. The vendors are old and young, man and woman, both native to Nashville and not. The poems present human perspectives on homelessness and daily life in the words of those most affected. Our intention at Third Man Books is, of course, to bolster awareness of The Contributor and raise funds for its vendors. We encourage all to continue to purchase papers from vendors whenever possible."—Joshua Gillis, editor
"Since its first issue in 2007, The Contributor, located in Nashville, Tennessee, has published poetry by Contributor supporters, homeless advocates, and most notably the homeless and formerly homeless vendors who sell the street newspaper. Vendor poetry became a part of my life when I joined its staff as the editorial assistant at the end of 2011. For years, I typed up poetry written on fast food napkins, crisp notebook paper, and stained scraps of flyers, receipts and medical documents. I read poetry emailed from downtown library computers, mailed from Pennsylvania typewriters, and scribbled in marker five minutes before we closed our doors for the day. I’ve always preached that our poetry section is the most powerful and interesting work within The Contributor pages because of both the brash honesty and the opportunity for empowerment." —Linda Bailey, assistant editor at The Contributor.
A few important facts about both the anthology and The Contributor:
*Acknowledge features 38 different poets, all homeless or formerly homeless vendors of The Contributor.
*The Contributor is a nonprofit. Provides 300+ active homeless and formerly homeless newspaper vendors with a pathway to earn income.
*The Contributor is the largest street newspaper per capita in the world, with nearly 6 million copies sold and $1.5 million invested by vendors in their paper sale micro-businesses since 2007.
*Three poets, Wayne Walden, Chris Scott, and David S. Pointer from The Contributor’s pages have gone on to publish full length books.
*One of The Contributor’s Poets, Jennifer A. was awarded the International Network of Street Papers (INSP) "Best Vendor Submission" for her poem, "A Late Dinner with my Son." Her submission was chosen from other vendor submissions from street newspapers around the world. The poem is featured in Acknowledge.
*The street newspaper is published weekly and averages a monthly circulation of 60,000 copies
*The Contributor has received coverage from NPR, The New York Times, USA Today, The Tennessean, The Nashville Scene, and local TV.
Even the most casual and detached TMR fans know, we love Detroit. Many of us here at Nashville HQ will always call Detroit home, and the new Record Store and Novelties Lounge is set to open in Detroit soon thereby completing phase one of Operation: Full Circle! Coincidentally, our friends and purveyors of kindhearted cool at Pitchfork are bringing Pitchfork Radio to Detroit for the next THR33 W33KS, and we couldn’t be more excited but we're going to try anyway. Starting tomorrow we will have a Third Man Records block on Pitchfork Radio every Wednesday 3 – 4PM EST. Join us this week for an hour with your new favorite DJ's Wolf Eyes, whose new album I Am a Problem: Mind in Pieces is available everywhere on Devil's Night. Pitchfork Radio is presented and powered by TuneIn broadcasting from Shinola’s sister store, Willy’s Detroit. There will be shows from Pitchfork staffers, Detroit powerhouses, the dopest DJs around, and appearances from Protomartyr, Ghostly International and Cassette Store Day DJs with a == TAPES ONLY == set. Pitchfork Radio is streaming HERE so what are you waiting for?
The Dead Weather’s new album DODGE AND BURN debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 at #10 with 32,787 copies sold, making the Third Man Records release the top selling independent album of the week. Dodge and Burn also came in at #1 on the Vinyl Chart with 12,375 LP’s sold. This is Third Man Records and Jack White’s third consecutive Billboard Top 200 top 10 debut and #1 first week vinyl sales. Here's a breakdown of the charts...
#1 – LP Vinyl Albums
#1 – Indie Albums
#2 – Alternative Albums
#8 – Top Current Albums
#9 – Current Physical Albums
#10 – Billboard Top 200
#15 - Switzerland
#15 - Norway
#16 – Current Digital Albums
#16 - Canada
#20 - Belgium
#21 - United Kingdom
#21 - Australia
#25 - Netherlands
#28 - Austria
#32 - New Zealand
#32 - Ireland
#39 - France
#57 - Germany
Check out the reviews that have come in here.
The time is nigh for yet another exceptional installment of our Jack White-produced Blue Series of singles. Third Man is privileged to work with Melbourne, Australia’s very own Courtney Barnett, a sharp singer-songwriter-guitarist who has quickly made her mark on garage pop fans worldwide with her witty, self-deprecating, and authentic observations turned into raw, stream-of-consciousness lyrics and blunt melodies. The wry-and-dry songstress stopped by Third Man Studios in Nashville over a long weekend this summer to record a couple tracks and damn did she ever deliver. The A-side “Boxing Day Blues Revisited” is the slinky and bittersweet epilogue to “Boxing Day Blues," the somber closer from her album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. It’s a strangely catching, plaintive reflection on the loneliness that blossoms when a person you care about treats you like literal garbage. The track is jaunty yet aloof, with CB’s trademark conversational lyricism in perfect contrast to the B-side, a beautifully dark reboot of the Roland S. Howard-penned “Shivers” back from his days in The Boys Next Door. Barnett's unfastened delivery of an ironic tale of teenage love and mortality brings a new level of feeling to the song, making it a welcome addition to that Sounds of Late Fall mix you’ve been working on.
Keep your eyes open and ears peeled for this one ‘cause you ain’t gonna wanna miss it. It’ll be in the Third Man Store and records stores everywhere on October 16th, 2015, and now you can pre-order the 7” HERE and check out Shivers HERE:
As Third Man prepares for the unveiling of its new storefront location in the Cass Corridor in Detroit, we’ve naturally looked back to our history and roots there. Less than a mile from the new TMR location (441 West Canfield) sat an important bar called the Gold Dollar. This bar not only hosted the first two live performances by the White Stripes (both featured in Vault package #13), but quite a few more legendary early sets by the band. Through their woodshedding Detroit years, the Gold Dollar stage would be where the White Stripes would continue to make their most important progress. After the Stripes finished the tracking of their first album (also taking place just a stone’s throw from the Dollar) in January 1999, they immediately focused attention on a live performance at the Gold Dollar on Saturday February 6th, 1999. Lead singer Jack White designed and printed two striking, distinct flyers to promote the show and the local free weekly Metro Times even did a mini-preview on the band to drum up interest for the show. With good friends They Come in Threes supporting the Stripes' second-ever headlining show, the gig was notable for the first-ever live performances of songs “Astro”, “Suzy Lee” and the Robert Johnson classic “Stop Breaking Down”…all of which would be featured on their self-titled debut album released just three months later. The transitional nature of the setlist of this performance captures the band as they grapple with the impending release of their new album and the best way to showcase that material prior to its release.
As the focal point of Vault package #26, a complete recording from that evening, newly mixed from original multi-track sources, will be pressed on blood red vinyl and made available to subscribers worldwide. The White Stripes Live at the Gold Dollar Vol. III is the third release (Vault 13 comprised both volumes I and II) in an on-going series that will eventually see the release of all extant audio from the band at the Gold Dollar. There are still many unheard treasures to be revealed.
This is the first White Stripes show released from the pivotal year 1999…the year which saw the band unleash their first album, do their first extended run of touring with three shows opening for Pavement in the Southeast and found Jack White buying his soon-to-be trademark Airline guitar…all building blocks to what would eventually turn the band into the international juggernaut they became.
The White Stripes Live at the Gold Dollar Vol. III
Jimmy the Exploder
The Big Three Killed My Baby
Stop Breaking Down (first live performance) (Robert Johnson)
Suzy Lee (first live performance)
Let’s Build a Home
Sugar Never Tasted So Good
One More Cup of Coffee (Bob Dylan)
Astro (first live performance)
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
Wasting My Time
Red Bowling Ball Ruth
Cannon/John the Revelator/Grinnin' in Your Face (Son House)
Let’s Shake Hands
In conjunction with the live album, a reproduction of one of the Jack White-designed flyers for that evening… three black-and-white peppermints, each varying in circumference and oriented on top of each other…will be included in the package as an 10.75” x 14" iron-on transfer. All Vault members will be welcome to submit photos of their use of the transfer and the member who’s submission is considered the “best” by the TMR team will win a rare, limited test pressing of the aforementioned LP.
Additionally, the other flyer from that evening (also a peppermint, this time on a field of red sparkly naugahyde) AND the setlist as written in Jack’s hand will be included as high-quality color reproductions. Fully utilizing everything in the TMR archives to round out the package finds us also printing the news clipping of the show preview and the hand-written price list from the merch table for that night. Third Man is nothing if not thorough.
Completing the Gold Dollar presentation will be two full-color, 8 x 10, glossy prints of photographs taken by the estimable Doug Coombe, featuring Jack and Meg live on stage at the tiny Cass Corridor club in 1999. These are visually arresting to say the least.
The 7” for Vault 26 is a continuation of the Dead Weather single series, pairing the moving torch song “Impossible Winner” and “Mile Markers.” When complete, every song from the Dead Weather’s critically-lauded album Dodge and Burn will appear exclusively in 7” form as a single on captivatingly colored vinyl. Are these two songs a hint as to the next possibly music video to come from this merry band of grifters…it seems only time will tell. In the meantime, enjoy Alison belt this one out complete with string section accompaniment and revel in the inherent beauty in this transcendent album-closer.
Harkening back to where this all started, the bonus item for this vault package will be an impressive 1.25” enamel pin of the new Third Man Records Cass Corridor logo. Soon to be seen on the lapels and collars of bon vivants the world over, this dazzling pin will no doubt impress even the most die-hard skeptics.
For more information about the Gold Dollar, visit www.golddollar.com.
Down the road, South of Witch Mountain and across the pond, there’s an uproar in the distance, a sonic demolition of sorts, and it is—what else?—GLORIOUS rock ’n’ roll. We’re thrilled to introduce the thunderous, bruise-blue, screeching dissonance of YAK to the Church of Third Man, who have already whipped up totally frenetic and drastic yelp all across the UK.
This November we will be releasing their latest EP (produced by Pulp's Steve Mackey) stateside, featuring the sloppy, sludgy, searing single “No” with MASSIVE guitars, cantankerous drums, and a defiant, vox maelstrom. It’s gonna gnarl through your speakers and bludgeon you with pure nihilism fuzz. Following “No” on the A-side is “Alas Salvation” a song so chewed up and spit out it could pass for The Upholsterers covering DNA. The B-side ditches the bulk of the grit and instead keeps things icy, mellow, and lonely with “Out on a Limb.” It’s a stately and necessary respite till you flip the wax and strap back in for the A-side. PLUS noted artist and photographer Nick Waplington has copiously tackled the cover art. It’s beautiful and violent use of color are a welcome and complimentary addition to this package.
So sit tight and take hold. Yak is poised to make noise and it’s in your best interest to get on board early and maybe JUST MAYBE you could be the coolest kid at school.
“No” will be available in the Third Man Records store and online retailers worldwide on Friday, November 13, 2015, and available for PRE-ORDER NOW.
And, check the kids live here, including CMJ Fest dates:
Oct 1 – Manchester Academy 1 w/Peace
Oct 2 – Nottingham Rock City w/Peace
Oct 3 – Cardiff Great Hall w/Peace
Oct 5 – Cambridge The Junction w/Peace
Oct 6 – Leicester 02 Academy w/Peace
Oct 7 – Portsmouth Pyramids Centre w/Peace
Oct 9 – London Brixton Academy w/Peace
Oct 10 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall w/Peace
Oct 15 – US, CMJ/NME Show, Santos Party House
Oct 16 – US, CMJ/High Road Touring Showcase, Mercury Lounge
Oct 17 – US, Philadelphia – Milkboy w/Maccabees
Nov 13 – France, Les Inrocks Festival – Paris Boule Noire